October 23, 2013:Looks Like We Spoke Too Soon...
Just when we thought our projects were done for the season, it looks like we will be doing around 10-12 wall murals with the local street art talent in University Heights. Artists will be starting this Saturday (weather permitting) and should be wrapping up within the week.
This project is especially important to us because it is exclusively enlisting the talents of street artists to replace graffiti vandalism with works of art. Imagine pitching that 5 years ago!
Pictures and more information to follow. Stay tuned!
October 22, 2013: The End of Nice Weather
We are all finished with the Enhance Elmwood Project, which had 13 artists painting original artwork on signal and transformer boxes on Elmwood Ave. between Forest Ave. and North St. Thanks goes to all our wonderful, extremely talented artists who took the time to make a difference in their neighborhood.
A very special thank you goes to the Carly Battin and the Elmwood Village Association. Without their support, this project wouldn’t have been possible. Their energy and enthusiasm is truly inspiring.
Our last public art project for the fall season is already under way at the Lasalle Bark Yard. Artist Elaine O'Toole is busy at work on the shelter of the Bark Yard, painting two full wall murals! Each piece is in the style of expressionist painter Franz Marc, and includes likenesses of dogs from the Bark Yard. Be sure to stop by and check out the progress!
We are now moving into our winter project: Window Galleries. We will be commissioning artists to paint original work on wood boards that will be displayed in vacant storefront windows for passerbys to see and enjoy. Keep updated by following us on Facebook to get the latest updates on RFPs and dates for this exciting new project.
And finally, a VERY special thank you goes to the communities of Riverside and the Elmwood Village. We have been met with overwhelmingly positive feedback, and everyone was so kind and happy with everything. Each artist was absolutely glowing after each day of painting because of your positive comments and support. We hope to partner with a great deal of other groups throughout the winter in anticipation of more signal box projects this spring. If you are interested in having a neighborhood beautified, be sure to contact us.
September 28, 2013: Day 1 Complete
7 of the 13 artists began workon their signal boxes between Forest Ave and North St in the Elmwood Village. It was a beautiful day with a ton of foot traffic and admirers.
Check our Facebook for pictures and updates as the week progresses and stay tuned for details! We will be out in full force tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and say HIYA!
September 28, 2013: Elmwood Ave Art Blitz:
Today is the the day for 13 artists to come out to the beautiful Elmwood Village and paint original artwork on 13 signal boxes between Forest Ave. and North St. on Elmwood Ave.
Thanks goes to the Elmwood Village Association for the colaboration to make this dream become a reality. Big thanks goes to Delaware District Councilmember Michael LoCurto and Niagara District Councilmember David Rivera for funding this project. It is because of these organizations and people that the Elmwood Village will be ever brighter.
So come on down, take some pics (#enhanceelmwood for instagram users) and say hi! We love you Elmwood Village!
September 19, 2013: Success on Tonawanda Street:
Here's what they look like now:
Our first ever Street Blitz on Tonawanda Street was a huge success! 10 artists came out to paint signal boxes, light poles and garbage totes on Tonawanda, from Austin Street in Black Rock to Vulcan Street in Riverside.
The community was incredibly nice, supportive and thanked each artist for brightening up their neighborhood. It was an honor to beautify a community of such kind and wonderful people.
Next up on the Art Blitz adgenda for Community Canvases is Elmwood Ave., followed by Abbott Rd and Hertel Ave.
August 29, 2013: Tonawanda Street Blitz
Signal boxes are primed and ready to be painted by local artists on Tonawanda Street. Painting begins Saturday the 31st, and will be wrapped up by the following Saturday. Along with signal boxes, we are painting light poles, putting out painting garbage totes, and whatever else we can find to paint.
Bring a friend or two, grab some paint and help us beautify the area! The area emcompases Tonawanda Street from Austin to Vulcan, so be sure to look for us!